Sherrill Gow - Joint Head of Postgraduate Performance

In addition to her role as Joint Head of Postgraduate Performance at Mountview, Sherrill is a Ph.D. candidate at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her research investigates the feminist potential of musical theatre and asks how feminist interpretations of this repertoire might be activated in the conservatoire rehearsal room. Sherrill’s thesis contributes to musical theatre scholarship and practice by demonstrating new, practical applications that builds on existing feminist performance theory and criticism. Before directing and teaching at various drama schools and universities across London, Sherrill was a freelance director and devised many site-specific projects, several supported by the Heritage Fund. She was an Associate Director at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington, where she directed UK premieres of assorted Canadian plays and mentored talent on the young directors’ scheme. Originally from Canada, she trained at The Boston Conservatory, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in directing, and completed a Master of Arts in Actor Training and Coaching at Central.

Publications:
2018 ‘Queering Brechtian feminism: Breaking down gender binaries in musical theatre pedagogical performance practices’, Studies in Musical Theatre, 12:3, pp. 343–353.
2017 ‘The Hit: Can Art and Commercial Promotion Coexist?’ Framing Immersive Theatre and Performance, edited by James Frieze (Co-authored with Merryn Owen) Palgrave.
2016 ‘”There’s gotta be something better than this” Challenging the role of big emotion in the transition from speech to song,’ Studies in Musical Theatre, 10: 1 pp.133-41.